Provoked by China, Jakarta Backs Away F…

If Indonesian President Joko Widodo wants to be taken as seriously as he claims in defending Indonesian sea rights as an archipelagic nation, he may need a foreign minister from a culture less accommodating than that in his Foreign Ministry. The incident took place over the weekend when an Indonesian special task force vessel took command of a fleeing Chinese fishing vessel called the Kway Fey that officials said had intruded into Indonesian waters. Three Indonesian officials went aboard and arrested eight crewmen and the captain. The task force vessel was towing the Kway Fey back to an Indonesian base when a Chinese Coastguard ship caught up and rammed the fishing boat back into international waters to keep it out of Indonesian hands.

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